It has been another week of key milestones for the Nottingham Express Transit Phase Two project with the extension of daytime testing not once but twice in as many days. Beeston was reached for the first time in daylight hours on Thursday 14th May with the Toton Park and Ride terminus reached the following day.
Daytime testing on the Beeston and Chilwell line was, until this week, only running as far as University Boulevard but following the successful completion of nighttime work it was possible to extend this with Beeston seeing its first trams in the light during the day of Thursday 14th May. As if that wasn’t enough to keep people interested on Friday 15th May the sphere of operation for testing was extended all the way to the Toton Park and Ride site.
This now means the entire Phase Two extensions (both the Clifton and the Chilwell lines) are seeing testing and driver training during the day and is a major sign that it really won’t be too long until trams are running in public service after the delays which have been experienced in the project.
On Monday 18th May there will also be a chance for children and teachers from Eskdale Junior School and Alderman Infant School and Nursery to inspect one of the new trams when it will be stabled at the Eskdale Drive stop in Chilwell.